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Infertility and Fertility Treatment

Sheila Scott, AP MSOM Dipl AC (NCCAOM)

What is Infertility? What is Fertility?


Everyday, acupuncture gains more popularity in the treatment of women's issues because of its ability to effectively treat a wide range of ailments, while restoring calm and reducing stress. Acupuncture actually empowers women and supports their overall health by illuminating the vast healing potential available to women if they respect nature's cyclical rhythms and honor the power of their passionate emotions.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have the power to relieve various female-specific conditions by adjusting the balance of the female body. The Ancient Chinese found that, just like the earth's planetary system, our body works in very similar ways. They belive that because that our body is made up with the same five elemental forms (earth, fire,metal, water, wood) with the mother nature. They believe they must behave the same way and can be affected and altered in the same manner. The ancient Chinese doctors studied the nature and used their experiences and experiements to create natural treatment methods to restore the body's balance and health.

Dated in The Qing Dynasty, Master Fu Qin Zhu summarized and edited all the ancient Chinese Herbal medicine studies and clinical uses. His book "  is the single most famous book on traditional Chinese Gynecology and Obstetrics. This book established many of the diseas mechenisms and pattern diagnoses now standard in contemporary Chinese OBGYN's most famous formulas. 

The Yu Family has treated couples with fertility conditions for the past 40 years with many successful cases. They have accumulated extenssive expereinces and refined their treatment protocols of reproductive conditions. They have also worked with patients with or without western medicine treatment. 

Fertility acupuncture promotes circulation of blood and energy throughout your body, including vital organs (kidney, liver,spleen)  and reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, testicles), which is important for successful conception.

If you are experiencing ovulatory pain, endometriosis, blocked tubes, fibroids, clotting in the menstrual blood, headaches associated with your cycle, high FSH levels, or suboptimal sperm analysis, fertility acupuncture can help alleviate internal blockages, balancing the Yin/Yang of the body to return your body to optimal reproductive functioning.

Fertility Acupuncture is gaining acceptance in the U.S. as an effective complement to western medicine in the treatment of infertility. Research on acupuncture and its effect on fertility is so compelling that many Reproductive Medicine Practitioners are incorporating fertility acupuncture as a standard component of IVF protocols.

We treat a wide range of reproductive health conditions including infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, menstrual problems and many other disorders. We also offer fertility therapies for enhancing IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatment protocols.

INCREASING YOUR FERTILITY CHANCES WITH ACUPUNCTURE

For some women starting a family takes almost no effort, however for others, it can be a serious challenge. Women who are having difficulties getting pregnant might increase their chances of conceiving by adding acupuncture and Chinese medicine into their reproductive treatment plans.

In this modern age, a number of women are postponing having babies for education and career unlike their mothers and grandmothers long ago. But not all women are deferring pregnancies by choice; a large number of women face infertility issues. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control states 6.7 million women have an impaired ability to become pregnant. And women who want children are seeking help from reproductive experts.

There are so many reasons why a couple might have trouble conceiving: excessive physical activity, age, work, stress, mental exhaustion and simply the times we live in… With the internet, 24/7 cable TV, texts, instant messaging and email, we are all over stimulated. We move at an incredible pace in 2016. Women especially are under great amounts of stress to be everything to everyone, at all times.

The good news - there are a number of medical procedures, as well as alternative treatments that can help. Two of those treatments are acupuncture and Chinese medicine; both have shown to be highly effective when combined with assisted reproductive techniques (ART) such as invitro, fertility medication, and artificial insemination. There are several studies out of Great Britain, Sweden and Germany showing that adding both acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be beneficial to ART therapies.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture and how can it help? 
Historically, Chinese Medicine or CM has had a strong grasp of women’s health issues including infertility. Now in the 21st Century Chinese medicine is becoming a much sought-after alternative infertility treatment. CM focuses on the total person: body, mind and spirit. Its fertility philosophy looks at the health of both parents at the time of conception, their energy, stress levels, and the condition of their bodies and minds.

Another way to increase your fertility chances is to increase your Qi (pronounced chee). This is the energy flowing through your body. The Chinese medicine philosophy is: if the Qi is stagnant or blocked this can lead to higher risk of infertility. Acupuncture helps your Qi flow throughout your body, and helps to relax the mind. Acupuncture combined with change in lifestyle, nutrition and herbal medicine has been used for centuries to treat the causes of infertility.

Even if you are not having problems and are simply in the early stages of planning your family, preparing your body is a great way to ensure success. Chinese medicine suggests hopeful parents should take a minimum of one year to prepare the mind and body. Clean and healthy eating, abstaining from alcohol, appropriate exercise and meditation with the intention to create a life. It’s a purposeful progression that helps get both parents ready.

We provide a complete and safe fertility acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment in our Apopka, Florida practice.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION: ANOTHER MEDICAL WINDFALL

In a bold new move, the state of New Jersey passed a law (Nov. 2006, Volume 23, Issue 11) requiring all doctors to educate and screen expectant mothers and their families for postpartum depression (PPD.)  This action is hot on the heels of the Andrea Yates case and many other similar tragic cases.  Other states may soon follow suit. 

The medical community has nothing to offer women suffering from PPD but counseling and drugs, which means millions more potential women patients for the drug makers.  By the very nature of these drugs, many women will likely become patients and drug-takers in one form or another for life.  What a wonderful way to start a family - even if the intention is good- by mandating screening laws that will most likely lead to prescribing drugs.  In yet another shrewd move to "education" the public about the need to treat postpartum depression, the standard medical fare of drugs and counseling will become the norm.

   Acupuncture for Fertility

Seattle Reproductive Medicine demonstrates how acupuncture is being used to help aspiring moms-to-be get pregnant. view full article

Acupuncture for Fertility

Seattle Reproductive Medicine demonstrates how acupuncture is being used to help aspiring moms-to-be get pregnant. view full article

Acupuncture for Fertility

Seattle Reproductive Medicine demonstrates how acupuncture is being used to help aspiring moms-to-be get pregnant. view full article

 

 Acupuncture for Fertility

 Seattle Reproductive Medicine demonstrates how acupuncture is being used to      help aspiring moms-to-be get pregnant. view full article


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Main Cause of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a serious condition.  We have treated hundreds of women with this problem.  Drugs should always be relegated to the treatment option of last resort.  Andrea Yates was on many types of drugs prior to murdering her children.  As usual, drug treatment completely overlooks the main cause of postpartum depression- severe nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, especially of the B vitamins.

Today, it is rare indeed for young women to be nutritionally optimal prior to getting pregnant.  Even fewer women take the time to prepare for a pregnancy by becoming nutritionally healthy.  In addition, despite proof that mother and baby are healthier with three years between pregnancies, too many women become pregnant too soon after a previous delivery.

Effective, Safe and Inexpensive

Effective, safe and inexpensive - these are not the standard words that describe most medical care.  And the new "educational" program is not any different.  From August 2005 to May 2006, New Jersey has trained more than 4,500 doctors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers to screen and treat patients with postpartum depression.  The screening alone is unscientific at best.

Using questionnaires and interviews to determine whether a woman should be placed on powerful, dangerous, expensive drugs, is fraught with problems.  Should a woman take medication because she may be depressed? Who makes these decisions?  Is it a Health Department official who's taken a short training course?  Who takes the woman off the drugs?  And when?  What happens to her when she is taken off drugs?  Getting off these drugs is no picnic- especially if one is caring for an infant and most likely one or more siblings.

The alternative is that every woman who even suspects postpartum depression should immediately be put on a phytonutrient regimen that will actually treat the cause of her problem.  Most women respond well and rapidly to this type of treatment.  Although it is not standard medical fare, it is effective, safe, and inexpensive. Women who do not respond to proper nutritional therapy, exercise, and a good, healthy diet, might then be referred for counseling.  The small minority of those who still do not respond might be considered for short-term drug therapy. 

What gets the job done nutritionally for women with PPD?  Supplementing with the three nutritional components that are dramatically depleted during pregnancy:

  • B vitamins
  • Omega-3 fats
  • Minerals -

Supplementing these nutrients alone will begin to pull most women out of postpartum depression in a matter of days or weeks.

A woman's overall nutrition must be rebuilt after pregnancy and during lactation and that requires a diet rich in whole foods. 

Of course, individual women have individual needs and a competent alternative doctor or nutritionist can address these.  If you are having trouble finding an answer to your specific problem, you can always drop me a line with a description of it and I will try to provide the information you need at my email:  drsheilascott@gmail.com.

Lactation, "Colic," and PPD

All mothers should breastfeed for at least six months to a year.  However, this entire procedure can be profoundly complicated for women suffering from PPD.  And emotional problems aside, not all women are nutritionally up to the task.  When breast milk is not nutritionally adequate for the baby, problems multiply.

In addition to feeling depressed, these mothers are now faced with a starving baby that will inevitably be diagnosed with "colic" - another on-disease.  This can turn depression into psychosis.  Remarkably, in most cases, colic is not a medical malady at all.  Almost all babies who constantly cry and canot be comforted or quieted are starving for nutrition.  A small percentage have been injured in delivery and are in pain.

Supplementing breast milk with a traditional formula that is loaded with fat and nutrition solves most of these cases quickly.  For the remainder, a checkup with a pediatric chiropractor is in order.  The recipe for the traditional formula is available at the Weston A. Price Foundation website:  www.westonaprice.org .  Take the time to make this remarkable formula.  I simply canot express how worthwhile it is.  In most cases, it will cure "colic" (hunger) in 24 hours! Without this additional problem, mothers have a chance to recover.

Sound Treatment for PPD

If you, your children, friends, or family suffer from postpartum depression, please take this condition seriously, and treat it naturally ad with common sense.  The medical and pharmaceutical industries are gearing up to use the state's Health Departments to drum up millions of women for drug therapy.  Taking antidepressants is no joke and trying to get off them is not easy.  Toxic prescription drugs for life are even worse.  The whole situation is depression-no pun intended.

Luckily women don't have tyo fall for this treatment.  By simply replenishing the brain nutrients that have been depleted during pregnancy and feeding babies the breast milk and fatty nutrition they need, mothers can enjoy the peace and serenity that can come from good physical and mental health.

DEEP BREATHING "DISCOVERED" BY MEDICAL RESEARCH TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

West, B. Postpartum Depression:  Medical Windfall, Health Alert. Nov. 2006/Vol.23,11.

THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY

Here are the different benefits for fertility and how Acupuncture can help us conceive:

As we know it, acupuncture is one of the earliest methods of healing practices known. It has been an efficient way of treatment for different kinds of sicknesses, diseases, disorders, and conditions that affects our body system and especially our way of life. Acupuncture involves the ideal needling technique where tiny metallic needles are placed into various parts of our bodies.

Improves the Ovarian Function
According to the American Pregnancy Association, herbs and acupuncture can increase fertility by improve ovarian function when combined together.

Healthy Endometrium
The endometrium is vital during pregnancy. It is the key to having a baby. The endometrium is important in the success of pregnancy and the survival of the child. Acupuncture increases blood circulation and the blood flow in the endometrium

The Early Signs of Pregnancy:

1. Morning Sickness

2. Nausea and vomiting

3. Missing your monthly period

4. Positive pregnancy test (using the pregnancy kit)

5. Sense of taste changes

6. Breasts will be swollen and tender (enlargement of the breasts)

7. Strange cravings for different foods

8. Uterus starts to enlarge

9. Abdomen starts to enlarge

10. Nipples get darker

11. Urinating a lot

12. Feeling tired or fatigue

13. Cramps

14. Skin starts to change

15. Fetal heart tones and a lot more.

There are a lot of health benefits when you get pregnant. Getting pregnant can improve your autoimmune system which is responsible and battles such diseases like arthritis. Having children at the right age and time is a very good factor for you, your marriage and especially your family as a whole. At first you will be spending 24hours a day and 7 days a week for taking good care of them and being fully responsible but then it gives you really good benefits. You would really enjoy spending more and more time with your baby. It also makes you happier with your entire family and extended family and the happiness you experience together with your spouse and baby helps you get more and more connected with each other and be contented with your environment.

This will therefore lead to a beautiful life.
 

STAY TUNED FOR MORE VALUABLE PREGNANCY ARTICLES COMING SOON!

For a consultation call Dr. Sheila L. Scott at 407-682-4454